This next Sunday Italy will play its fourth final of the European Cups. Despite being a historic team, with four World Cups, the Italians have only been able to win the European tournament once. We will see if this time they will raise the trophy again, or if they will stay at the gates again. Meanwhile, we are going to review what happened in the other three finals.
It is so far the only final they have won, although they had to play two games to do so. Italy faced Yugoslavia, a fearsome team at the time, and could not get past the tie in the first match. In the second, Italy managed to win 2-0 and take the title. In the first game, a goal from Domenghini with 5 minutes to go when the Yugoslavs were already champions, made the Italians draw and they could play the tiebreaker. There the goals of Luigi Riva and Anastasi gave the Italians the first and only European Championship.
It took 32 years for Italy to return to a European Championship final, but this historic final had France win in extra time with a golden goal from Trezeguet. The Italians began winning, but could not avoid the draw of a French team that had a generation of footballers of the stature of Zidane, Vieira, Thuram or Henry. Delvecchio’s goal did not serve the Italians who saw the added goal, a corner taken by the goalkeeper, as a goal, put it into the goal by Wiltord. That goal left the azzurra who could not hold out in extra time and lost the final.
Italy qualified for the final of the European Championship after beating Germany in the semi-finals and showing that they were a magnificent team. The problem is that in the final I expected one of the best teams in history. Spain had just won the previous European Championship and the World Cup, and in that final they unleashed all their football and thrashed the Italians 4-0. David Silva, Jordi Alba, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata were the scorers in that final.